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Check out the latest updates and in-depth stories from our staff and colleagues in the Midwest.

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Op-Ed

FirstEnergy Investigations Must Continue Beyond Company’s Plea Agreement

The depths of the FirstEnergy scandal is unprecedented in the history of utility regulation in this country. PUCO must now do a deeper more comprehensive investigation into the totality of the corruption. FirstEnergy is a regulated public utility and has an obligation to serve customers in the public interest

8/11/21

Robert Kelter

Story

Pace is going electric! Zero emission suburban bus fleet by 2040

New commitment to clean transportation is good for public health across the region, starting in the environmental justice community of Waukegan, IL

9/23/21

Kevin Brubaker

Story

Illinois’ landmark energy law includes the nation’s most comprehensive grid planning requirements

Good planning will ensure that grid infrastructure supports the state's clean energy ambitions, to the benefit of all Illinoisans

9/23/21

Nikhil Vijaykar

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Climate Change and the Great Lakes

Journalist Dan Egan spoke with ELPC’s Howard Learner about Great Lakes threats and finding solutions.

9/21/21

Story

Experts Find Line 5 Oil Tunnel will Exacerbate the Climate Crisis

Shutting down Line 5 is the only way to protect the Straits of Mackinac from an oil spill. Not replacing it would prevent billions of dollars worth of climate damage.

9/16/21

Margrethe Kearney

Update

Fourmile Frustrations: Coalition Advocates to Protect the Northwoods

ELPC led a coalition of Midwestern advocates calling for immediate action to protect Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

9/7/21

Andy Olsen

Story

Listening to the Data: An Intern Perspective on Air Quality Monitoring

Some highlights and insights from my summer spent monitoring air quality throughout Humboldt Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

9/7/21

Howard's Blog

Let’s Keep the U.P. Wild

The Midwest’s special wild and natural places are well worth protecting and preserving.

9/1/21

Howard A. Learner

Story

Air Quality Monitoring in a Remote Work Era: Two Intern Perspectives

ELPC interns have been out and about all summer, learning from the air around us to shape a healthier future.

8/27/21

Testimony

Resetting Clean Car Standards to Act On Climate

EPA must set the strongest possible federal clean car standards because reducing pollution from America’s cars and light trucks is critical to protecting the climate.

8/25/21

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

Mapping with Microsoft Research: Tracking Air Pollution in Chicago

New partnership builds on ELPC’s Air Quality Chicago program to bring 100 new air monitors to bus stops across the city.

8/18/21

Tiffany Werner

Op-Ed

FirstEnergy Investigations Must Continue Beyond Company’s Plea Agreement

The depths of the FirstEnergy scandal is unprecedented in the history of utility regulation in this country. PUCO must now do a deeper more comprehensive investigation into the totality of the corruption. FirstEnergy is a regulated public utility and has an obligation to serve customers in the public interest

8/11/21

Robert Kelter

Update

REAP Helps Rural Americans Be Part of our Climate Solution

Rural America’s farmers, ranchers and businesses can help decarbonize the U.S. economy with energy efficiency and renewable energy investments offered through REAP.

8/9/21

Andy Olsen

Howard's Blog

ELPC’s Impact Across the Midwest: Summer Update

Heatwaves, wildfires, floods, and droughts. This summer we’re seeing climate change unfold around the globe. It’s time to take action. And ELPC is on it!

8/3/21

Howard A. Learner

Update

Spotlight on EVs: Chicago Auto Show and Beyond

Electric vehicle technologies have improved dramatically in recent years, and these cars are becoming more widely adopted each year as evidenced at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

7/30/21

Update

Smooth, bumpy, and rough roads to clean cars

The road to clean car standards has had its ups and downs. Hopefully the next round will set us on a smoother path to reduce transportation emissions.

7/23/21

Ann Mesnikoff

Testimony

No More Hot Air from Big Oil

ELPC testified that the EPA must adopt a strong standard that reduces methane emissions from the oil and gas sector to 65% below 2012 levels by 2025.

7/23/21

John Minode’e Petoskey

Story

Congress’ Infrastructure Bill Must Address Climate & Equity

We cannot afford to repeat the status quo, every investment must consider the long-term health, economic opportunity, and mobility of all Americans.

7/20/21

Ann Mesnikoff

Story

Bridging Gaps in the Grid

Removing financial hurdles to building a modern clean energy system.

7/19/21

Justin Vickers

Update

Line 3 is All Risk and No Reward

We are fighting on behalf of our client Friends of the Headwaters to compel the agency to do its job and to protect Minnesotans from the risks of a pipeline that is not justified by the political and economic realities of today.

7/16/21

John Minode’e Petoskey

Story

Transit Standards Should Focus on Outcomes not just Outputs

In planning for a post-pandemic world that is increasingly threatened by climate change, transit improvements have never been more important. But RTA’s proposed “performance-based standards” would just maintain the status quo.

7/1/21

Kevin Brubaker

Howard's Blog

The Fight for Great Lakes Funding Continues

ELPC urges full funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in this year's congressional budget talks. House subcommittee so far shows strong support.

6/30/21

Howard A. Learner

Howard's Blog

This Summer, I’m Off to See the Midwest

Like many Midwesterners during the pandemic, I traded international or coastal trips for weekend jaunts to the Midwest’s great places.

6/23/21

Howard A. Learner

Testimony

No More Smoke and Mirrors

In a victory for clean air and sound science, the EPA is rescinding a Trump-era rule limited the types of scientific data and health benefits that could be considered in the Clean Air Act rulemaking process.

6/15/21

Ann Jaworski

Testimony

ELPC Testifies to Fix Flawed EPA Rules & Reduce Vehicle Pollution

ELPC urges EPA to rescind the action taken in the SAFE 1 Rule and we urge EPA to act quickly to address the deeply flawed SAFE 2 Rule.

6/2/21

Ann Mesnikoff

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